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Address Reporting Requirements

Regardless of your United States immigration status, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must report a change of address to the U.S. Immigration Service within 10 days of moving to a new location. This applies to U.S. Permanent Resident Aliens and to all individuals in a non-immigrant status such as students, scholars and dependents in B, F, H, J, M, TN, O, W/B and other visa classifications.

Under the current Department of Homeland Security policy, failure to report your residence address or any change of address to the U.S. Immigration Service within 10 days of moving to a new location is punishable by fines or imprisonment and/or deportation.

How to Report a Change of Address

  • When you move to a new home, you must submit a change of address form (Form AR-11) even after you are a U.S. permanent resident. This requirement can be completed online. Please call our office at 803-777-0288 if you have any questions about completing the form online.
  • Once you submit the form online, download the PDF confirmation form and email it to the Office for International Scholars while retaining a copy of it with your other immigration records as your proof of compliance.
  • If you choose to mail the paper form instead of completing the online form, use the following procedures:
      • Go to https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/displayCOAForm.do
      • Download  Form AR-11 (PDF format)
      • Print, complete and sign Form AR-11
      • Mail the form by certified mail with a return receipt (this is your only  proof of compliance)
      • Keep a copy of the form with your other immigration records
      • Send a copy to the Office for International Scholars.

NOTE: Since 9/11, failure to file Form AR-11 has become the basis for removal in certain cases.